In this Issue: Events and Opportunities
ACTION ALERT IMMIGRATION 
NM Peace Choir July 15 *  NM Pilgrimage Deadline July 31 
Spirituality Course * Laborers for Hire * Volunteer for NMCC
Christian Unity   *  Ecumenical Worship Oct 29th * and more!

They and their kindred, 
who were trained in 
singing to the Lord, 
        all of whom were skillful, 
numbered two hundred and eighty-eight
- 1 Chronicles 25:7
 
T o the Churches of New Mexico
   
B eloved, 
G race to you and Peace from our Lord Jesus Christ.

We, followers of Christ, are those who are practiced in singing to the Lord.  In New Mexico 75% of our population identify as Christian.  If we all joined together we would be a mighty choir 1.5 million strong!  
 
This weekend I will be singing with a slightly smaller but still potent choir.  The New Mexico Peace Choir has over seventy voices. Sometimes we sing in unison, sometimes we sing in eight-part harmony, sometimes we sing with our talented accompanist on the grand piano, and sometimes we sing a' Capella.  No matter how we sing, or what genre the music, the importance of following the director is paramount. 
 
When I become distracted, lose my focus on the one directing us, I fall out of step with my fellow singers.  My individual sound, however melodic, becomes a discordant note in an otherwise lovely or forceful piece of music.  By keeping our eyes on the one who unifies us, we are able to turn our individual slight voices into a mighty stream of sound that can soothe a soul or inspire a movement.
 
As I travel visiting small churches and joining large convocations, I see us coming together in a potent stream of faithful living that makes a difference.  Churches across the state are having an impact lifting up the dignity of all: providing support and sanctuary for immigrants; creating employment opportunities; teaching children in countless vacation bible schools; and holding public officials accountable for the common good.
 
Our impact is strengthened as we join together and keep our eyes on Christ Jesus, the one who leads us. In this newsletter you will find ways to join together to make a difference-this week and beyond.
 
Each Sunday when we gather, may we open our mouths and sing joyfully - for our God, for our calling: to heal the wounded, to break the bonds of oppression, to tear down dividing walls, to set captives free and to bring Good News of the abundant love of God and the grace of our Lord Christ Jesus to all. 
 
~~~~~~~
 
Rev. Susan J. Quass, Executive Director NMCC



The NM Peace Choir Presents:                Why We Sing
Saturday, July 15th, 7:00pm

Congregation Albert
3800 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque

URGENT: Act Now to Support immigrants

The NM Faith Coalition for immigrant Justice 
strives to serve the immigrant community through compassionate accompaniment. Our volunteer teams walk with families facing the threat of deportation or the hardship of immigration detention. You can help.
Please call ICE today:  ACTION ALERT FOR KADHIM
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* Registration Deadline July 31 *

New Mexico Pilgrimage for Unity
  Sept 14-17      

The Inaugural New Mexico Pilgrimage for Unity will take place over three days walking from Ghost Ranch to The Santuario de Chimayo in Northern New Mexico. In the spirit of ecumenism, build relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ through liturgy, dialogue, education, prayer and song. Space is limited so register today.      Contact: Michael Pitchford
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For your Church's summer maintenance needs: Skilled and Unskilled Workers

St Martins Hospitality Center
    Job Development Program  has the workers you need
       Day Labor/ Temp / Part Time / Full Time

Contact   505-843-9405 x 303 or  Email
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register NOW for
Foundations of Spirituality
August 5, 12, 25 26  
Rev. Dr. Ken Cuthbertson 
retreat leader and teacher of world religions at Central New Mexico College, 
      
Meg Ashcroft, O. Praem. Obl.
Director of the Norbertine Spirituality Center at Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey
 
This course is a survey of various forms of Christian spirituality & mysticism. These spiritualties are examined both in terms of their distinct place in Christian history and for their use in addressing the needs of the Church and the world today.                                                        Information:  Christina Spahn


NCC2017Unity
Christian Unity Gathering November 8-10.  Silver Spring, MD 

The 2017 Christian Unity Gathering will examine all these questions through our theme, " Resilience, Resistance, and Persistence ."

 Come and be inspired and equipped for the long journey ahead!

 
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Hold the Date!  Sunday, October 15 
Installation Service for 
The Rev. Dr. William Lyons,  Conference Minister

All are invited:  3pm, Sunday, October 15 at United Church of Sun City, AZ.

" What unites us is much greater than what divides us." - Pope John XXIII

Save the Date >>   October 29, 2017   << Spread the Word
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All residents of New Mexico are invited to 
A Commemoration of The 
500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION 

One Body - Many Members
One Spirit - Many Gifts

An Ecumenical Vesper Service of Song & Prayer Followed by a Community Dialogue
To be held in Albuquerque & other locations TBD

NMCC: Uniting  Roman  Catholic , Anglican & Protestant Churches

If your city/town/community would like to hold a service on the same theme, please contact  New Mexico Conference of Churches .




Speaker: Cynthia Scharf              More Information:  NMIPL
former Advisor to the UN General Secretary on Climate Change
        *  POSTPONED  To Be Rescheduled Fall 2017 *

Building Blessing & Open House
Saturday, July 22
* POSTPONED *

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  
   
New Mexico Conference of Churches
        • Graphic Artist:  Mapping our Churches Project
        • Data Clerk: Mapping our Churches Project 
        • English/Spanish Translators: brochures and bulletins
        • Office Assistant w/ Internet Skills: building an ecumenical calendar 

STAY CONNECTED:
New Mexico Conference of Churches
1019 Second St, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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